Everyone Was Irish for the Day

They came from all over with all their music, talent and bagpipes to make the Highlands St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday something that vied with New York’s Fifth Avenue parade according to some spectators who came from out of state just to see it for the first time!. Congratulations are definitely in order for the Partnership and everyone involved in making this such a spectacular event that they will be talking about for ages.

Crowds were five and six deep in some places along the route cheering on their favorites. The Emerald Society and bagpipers from Morris and Union counties and more were all in the line of march to the delight of everyone, and of course MAST cadets provided a very formal, very perfect color guard at the beginning of the line. The Chief’s wife, owner of that great florist on Waterwitch Avenue, was certainly proud and honored to be the Grand Marshall and how wonderful was that.

But the smiles on the faces of both Jay Cosgrove and his dad Ray when Bahrs earned the trophy for the best in show along the line of march with their truly colorful, truly Irish looking float is enough to keep Irish eyes smiling forever.. The trophy looks even bigger and better sitting on the countertop in the restaurant. Bahrs may be viewed nationwide in that car company ad that premiered at the Super Bowl, but it’s my opinion the hometown honors at the parade meant even more to this very Highlands-oriented restaurant.

Same goes for the Proving Ground that chose to so proudly honor the volunteers in the Highlands First Aid Squad on their very magnificent float. So nice to see such wonderful local businesses so proud to be such a big part of the community.

Not to be outdone was the great Girls Café, with Mike bringing home the gold…on his trike that is. Mike went all out to decorate this tricycle in gold, complete with Irish shamrocks and everything else, along with promoting the Girls Café…a great place any day of the year. If you missed the gold three wheeler in the line of march, it’s still down at the Café for a few more days. Give yourself a smile and stop in to see it.


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